RCR appeals for financial support

Regina Cat Rescue is appealing to the public for donations.

We're overwhelmed with requests from the public to help stray and abandoned cats in their neighbourhoods. But with a decline in donations of nearly $30,000 in 2017 over 2016 - our bank account is empty and we are in the difficult position of being unable to help cats in desperate need.

Our volunteers have been working harder than ever to fund raise. In 2017, our fundraising revenue increased by $14,000 over 2016. But we haven't been able to make up for the considerable decline in donations.

Where does the money go? Our greatest expense is veterinary costs. While some vet clinics support RCR with discounted rates, our veterinary care costs were still over $164,000 in 2017. Increased costs related to distemper also added to the financial strain over the last six months.

The average cost per cat rescued also increased last year - from $337/cat in 2016 to $409/cat in 2017. In response, we increased our adoption fee from $100 to $140, but again, this increase has not been enough to make up for the fall in donations.

Beemer came into RCR care with a severely damaged eye which now needs to be surgically removed.

We are now severely limited in the help we can provide. We have multiple cats waiting for surgeries - like Beemer pictured here who needs enucleation surgery. And with kitten season just around the corner, RCR is in an extremely poor position to help. We ask the public to use our intake form and understand a wait list for help is now in place.

We know that times are tough and money is tight for everyone right now, but we are asking the community to show its generous spirit to help some of Regina's most vulnerable animals.

You can donate today by:

E-transfers sent to Treasurer@reginacatrescue.com. Please also email us the answer to the security question so we can accept the funds.

PayPal to donate by debit or credit card. Just follow the donate button:

For cash donations please email us to arrange for a volunteer to pick up the donation.

Cheques can be mailed to:
Regina Cat Rescue
PO Box 33066
Cathedral Postal Outlet
Regina, SK S4T 7X2

Tax receipts are issued for donations of $10 or more. Regina Cat Rescue's legal name is People for Animals of Saskatchewan Inc., and our Charitable Registration Number is #8996 2599 ORR 0001.

On behalf of Regina's abandoned cats and kittens, we thank you for any support you can provide.

Welcome to spring!

Spring arrived this week and it wasn't exactly sunshine, butterflies and blossoms! Fluctuating temperatures, snow, freezing rain, wind - the crazy weather we've been experiencing created some challenges for Regina Cat Rescue volunteers and Regina's cats.

This community cat feeding station flooded as temperatures climbed and the snow from a recent storm began to melt.

Meanwhile, a spring storm was brewing that brought another dump of snow, making things difficult for people and cats alike!

 The path to this feeding station is a little bit precarious!

The path to this feeding station is a little bit precarious!

In spring, a young man's thoughts turn to love, but in the cat world that can mean tom cats fighting to establish dominance and woo female cats. This sweet boy is a lover not a fighter and was pretty beat up before a kind citizen scooped during the recent snowstorm.

 This little mama was heavily pregnant and stray on the streets. She was scooped from the cold less than 24 hours before she delivered four kittens and narrowly escaped the latest winter storm.

This little mama was heavily pregnant and stray on the streets. She was scooped from the cold less than 24 hours before she delivered four kittens and narrowly escaped the latest winter storm.

If you're coming out of hibernation and want to help out Regina's abandoned cats this spring, now is the time! Donate, volunteer, adopt or foster! And please cross your fingers that we've seen the last of winter!

-Alanna, Regina Cat Rescue

Feline Distemper On The Rise in Regina

 Cadence lost her short battle with panleukopenia.

Cadence lost her short battle with panleukopenia.

This winter has been a rough one for Regina Cat Rescue (RCR), as we’ve encountered several cases of feline panleukopenia, also known as distemper, for the first time in years. Distemper is a highly contagious and life-threatening viral disease in cats. While scary, distemper is largely preventable thanks to routine and effective vaccines. Unfortunately, RCR has recently seen a spike in cases of distemper in new rescues, resulting in the loss of lives, compromised foster homes, and expensive vet bills. This virus is currently occurring in Regina and surrounding area, so RCR is advising caution to people in contact with stray cats.

Prevention

Yearly vaccination is the most effective way to prevent feline distemper. All kittens and cats that come into RCR’s care are vaccinated for FRCP, which includes feline rhinotracheitis, calici, and panleukopenia. Limiting a cat’s exposure to potential sources of the virus can also reduce their risk of contracting the disease. This is another reason to keep kittens and cats indoors or in an enclosed “catio” when outdoors.

 Sweet Selena succumbed to distemper

Sweet Selena succumbed to distemper

Who’s at risk?

Feline distemper is highly contagious, and cats of any age can become infected. Most at risk are young kittens, sick cats and un-vaccinated cats. The majority of cats in RCR care who have succumbed to feline distemper this year have been kittens under the age of four months. Once feline distemper has been introduced into a home, other pets are at risk as the virus can live for months on a hard surface. This is why RCR will not place any un-vaccinated cats in a foster home that has come into contact with distemper for a minimum one-year period.

 Graham (foreground) crossed the rainbow bridge after a battle with distemper

Graham (foreground) crossed the rainbow bridge after a battle with distemper

Symptoms

Signs of feline distemper are similar to those of other illnesses, like feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukemia virus (FLV). Symptoms of distemper include depression, loss of appetite, high fever, lethargy, vomiting, severe diarrhea, nasal discharge and dehydration. Because these symptoms are sudden and severe, distemper is often fatal in kittens. Diagnosis can only be done by a vet and immediate support treatment, like fluids and antibiotics, is required at the onset to guarantee a chance at recovery.

Be safe

If you take in a stray cat, it’s best to keep it quarantined before taking it to a vet – especially if you have other pets. Wash your hands and change your clothes before handling your own pets if you are caring for a rescued stray. Ensure the cat is examined by a veterinarian and vaccinated as soon as possible.

As always, please complete RCR’s intake request form if you are requesting assistance from RCR with a rescue.

http://www.reginacatrescue.com/stray-or-feral-catkitten-request-for-help/